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Oct/Nov. 1990

Vol.2 No. 1/2

Can A Mason Go To Heaven?


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IF God will accept mere men being


addressed as "Worshipful Master,"
"Most Worshipful Master," and "Right
Worshipful Master" or in the case of the
Eastern Star, "Worthy High Priestess"
or "Royal Matron," etc. (verified by
asking them the titles they give people).
IF God will accept Christians who
have been blindfolded, kneeled, and
with hands on the Bible taken as a

solemn oath, "in the presence of

Almighty God, and this Worshipful


Lodge, erected to Him, and dedicated to
the holy Saint John do hereby and
hereupon most solemnly and sincerely
promise and swear..." and be made a
"Master Mason" (3rd degree); a "Mark
Mason" (4th degree); a "Past Master"
(5th degree); and then a "Most Ex
cellent Master" upon taking the sixth
degree. (Handbook of Freemasonry
by Ronayne, 1943, pp.68-70, also Dun
can's Ritual of Freemasonry, Part I).

IF God will accept prayers worded


in the following manner from Christians
and non-Christians.
"And when we
shall have ended our labors on earth

may we forever sing songs ofdeliverance


and joy in that Heavenly Lodge where
love is supreme and the ties of fratern
ity and friendship are never to be
broken.

Amen."

(Masonic Manual,

Grand Lodge, A.F. and AJML ofAlabama,


Complied under Authority of the Grand
Lodge by Oliver Day Street, 1940,
Reprint 1943, p.145.)

IF God will save religious institu


tions other than the church of Christ.

"Masonry, then, is indeed, a religious


institution; and on this ground mainly,
if not alone, should the religious Mason
defend it." (Encyclopedia of Free
masonry, McClure Publishing Co., Phil
adelphia, 1917, p.729.)
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FREEMASONRY AND THE CHRISTIAN


WallyKirby
To the church at Corinth Paul

wrote, (tFor the weapons of our warfare


are not carnal, but mighty through God
to the pulling down of strong holds;
casting down every imagination and
every high thing that exhalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought to
the obedience of Christ" (II Cor. 10:4-5).
The Christian's aim is to always

please God, the eternal Father, and the


Lord Jesus Christ.

If such is not the

forth some reasons why there is a


serious conflict between a person's
allegiance and worship to God through
Christ Jesus and the order known as

"Freemasonry."
FREEMASONRY IS A RELIGION

Masonry is a religious order even


though some try to deny it. Any reli
gious order or rite other than Chris
tianity as taught and practiced in the

case, then one should examine carefully

New Testament cannot, with God's

his life in light of what God expects of

approval, be endorsed and practiced by


one professing New Testament Chris
tianity. That this order is a religion is a
matter stated clearly by those of rank

his children (Matt. 6:33; Rom. 12:1-2;

Col. 3:1-4). In youth I was taught the


principle that before engaging in an
activity that called my action into
question (even in a conscience matter)
that I should first ask, "What would the
Lord do?" or "How would the Lord

within the masonic order.

Regarding

masonry and religion, Albert Pike,


recognized preeminently as an authori
tative figure in masonic rank, said,

I have

"Every masonic lodge is a temple of


religion; and its teachings are instruc
tion in religion." He also says, "This
is the true religion revealed to the
ancient patriarchs; which has taught
from many centuries and which will

known Christians who were members of


this order and were determined to

continue to teach as long as time


endures" (Morals And Dogma Of The

remain so regardless of what the truth


says on the matter. On the other hand,

Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rite Of


Freemasonry, Albert Pike, pp.213,214).

I have known of members of the body of


Christ who have had the spirit of openmindedness to a study of this order in

Another figure also recognized as


authoritative among the ranks of
masonry is A. G. Mackey. Mackey
writes (Manual Of The Lodge, p.40),

answer?" This has been of great help to

me in making decisions down through


life.

The same principle is true with


regard to a Christian's participation in
the order of "Freemasonry."

light of what the Bible says and many


such persons have given up their affilia
tion with "Freemasonry." I wish to set

"As masons, we are taught never to

commence any great or important under-

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taking without first invoking the blessings of deity, and this is because
Masonry is a religious institution."

These quotes are given to show that


those of rank and authority within the
order of Freemasonry do not hesitate to
call it a religion.
God gives all Christians the charge

church cost God the Father his only

begotten Son, Jesus died for it (Acts


20:28; Eph. 5:25). Christ himself is its
foundation (Eph. 2:20; I Cor. 3:11). Is
the organization of freemasonry really
the greatest institution ever raised?
Does it have the most solid foundation?

Read the scriptures and then decide!

to contend for the faith (Jude 3). The

Bible plainly states that there is but


"One Faith" (Eph. 4:4-5). Is one able to
claim that his participation in an order
(which obviously is not the "one faith"
mentioned in the Bible) in addition to

New Testament Christianity will be


pleasing to God? Jesus stated, "Every

plant which my Heavenly Father hath


not planted shall be rooted up" (Matt.
15:13). Masonry, as a religion, did not
originate with God but with man.

MASONRY'S CLAIM TO PREPARE


MAN FOR ETERNITY

"The common gavel is an instrument


made use of by operative masons to
break off the superfluous corners of
rough stones, the better to fit them for
the builders use; but we, as Free and
Accepted Masons are taught to make use
of it for a more noble and glorious pwr-

pose of divesting our minds and consciences of all vices and superfluities of

life, thereby fitting us, as living


stones, for that spiritual building,

MASONRY'S CLAIM TO BE
THE GREATEST INSTITUTION

that house not made with hands,

EVER RAISED

eternal in the heavens" (emphasis


In

Symbolic

book

titled

Masonry

Monitor

by

Of

Taylor-

Hamilton, (p.58) the writer says,


''No institution was ever raised on better

principles or on a moresolid foundation


than that of ours, which takes the Holy
Bible as its cornerstone; nor were ever

more excellent rules or useful maxims


laid down that are inculcated in the
several Masonic Lectures."

Notice the claim, "No institution ever

raised on better principles...", in light


ofwhat the Bible says. Where does this

place the New Testament church? God


says that it is the church wherein
honor and glory in serving is given to
Him by mortal man (Eph. 3:21). The

mine, wk).

This quote is found in Malcolm Dun


can's book Revised Duncan's Ritual

p.41. (By the way, does this not sound


religious to you?) This claim goes too
far in light of what God's word states.
While it contains no doubt figurative
language, such is more than what is
allowable

from

God's word.

Free

masonry does not and will not "fit one


for that spiritual house or the heayenly
habitation"; it takes God's word to do
that the message of the gospel which
saves man and prepares him for eternity
with God (I Peter 2:5; Acts 4:12; Rom.
1:16-17).

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Masons have an apron which is

makes no distinction in its brotherhood

called the "lambskin." The Tennessee

and every religious denominational body


is treated on equal terms. Its claim to
fit a person for heaven regardless of
one's religious background is wholly in
error in light of the Bible.

Craftsman (a manual or lodge book


used in lodges throughout Tennessee)
says of this "lambskin" (p.17),
"...a badge of Masonry is continually
reminded of that purity of life and con
duct which is necessary to obtain admittance into the celestial lodge above,
where the Supreme Architect of the
Universe presides."

Also, the same book says on page 41,


"Wear it as an emblem of that purity of
heart and conscience that is necessary to
obtain for you the approval ofthe Grand
Architect of the Universe."

USE OF TERMS USED INVOLVES


A VIOLATION OF GOD'S WORD

The lodge has a person identified by


the Masons as "Worshipful Master." It
is this person that all prospective candi
dates come before as they are initiated
into the lodge. This person is the one
who presides over lodge meetings and

Christians do not need the "masonic

conducts funeral rites. Such a term as

lambskin" to show purity of life, for the

"Worshipful Master" is one that does


not belong to any mortal man. The
dictionary definition for worshipful is
"worthy ofbeing worshipped; honorable,
respectable." Such a title is only to be
applied to deity and not to mortal man
(Matt. 23:8). Such a term belongs to
Christ and not any official person within
such an order as Masonry. The same
reasoning is why no preacher should be
called "Reverend." The Bible says such
is a name that applies to God (Psalm
111:9). Likewise, Jesus is the one that
we must honor as "Worshipful Master",
not man. In the 32nd degree of the
Scottish Rite, you find the "Shriners
Club." Within this degree or rank, one

name of Christ does such.

The Chris

tian is to glorify God in that name


(I Peter 4:16); not in the order or name

of "Freemasonry." Note also this quote


by Albert Mackey in his work Encyclo
pedia Of Free Masonry on page 851,
"The doctrine of a resurrection to a
future and eternal life constitutes an
indispensable portion of the religious
faith of Freemasonry "

On page 1035 Mackey says,


"an active religious faith and practice
leads in the end to a building not made
with hands, eternal in the heavens."

This "active religious faith and practice"


as stated by him is a person's involve
ment in the order of Freemasonry.
Surely we realize that such is not made
possible within Masonry. Only through

is often called "Potentate." Such a term

ought not to be used in reference to a

Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Luke 19:10;

man, but to Christ, as the Bible does so


in I Timothy 6:5. Jesus is the "only

Acts 4:12) do we find such promises by

Potentate" and man violates Biblical

God. Man is reconciled back to God in


Christ and not within the ranks of Free

unto another man (mere mortal).

masonry (Eph. 2:16-17). Freemasonry

principles when he applies such terms

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PRAYER CONDUCTED WITHOUT


JESUS

The Bible tells us that our prayers

are to be by or through God's Son and


our mediator, Jesus Christ. Within the

lodges, prayers are often heard, but one


thing is lacking; that is Jesus' name.
Such

name

is

omitted

because

Masonry seeks to enlist and retain


people from various world religions. It
seeks the Hindus, Buddhists, Jews,

Moslems, and yea, people of every and


any religion, be it true or imtrue to
God's word, the Bible. The Jew and
Moslem, and who knows who else, would
be offended at the use of "Jesus" in

closing prayers; therefore, to accommo


date these, his name is omitted. John
14:13, Colossians 3:17 and other

passages show that acceptable prayer


must be addressed or petitioned to God
through Jesus Christ. How can a true
child of God condone such practices
within the lodge and become as one
with them who so do?

OATHS REQUIRED BY ALL


CANDIDATES AT INITIATION
As one studies the word of God it
becomes clear a Christian is not to

become involved in swearing or in oath


taking to the degree that it is required
of those entering Freemasonry. Jim
Shaw wrote in his book, The Deadly
Deception (p. 138):

oaths of obligation (usually called just


'obligation') are considered unbreakable,
and are (collectively) the thing that
makes a man a Mason. In this way,
these oaths are the cornerstone of
Masonry."

I wish to examine three oaths taken by


men who enter Masonry and go up
through the first three degrees. Note
the treacherous extent of such oaths in

these degrees.
The first degree or level is the
"Entered Apprentice Degree." Can
didates entering this degree swear to
uphold the oath of,
"...binding myself under no less penalty
than having my throat cut from ear to
ear, my tongue torn out by its roots, and
my body buried in the rough sand of the
sea, a cable's length from the shore,
where the tide ebbs and flows twice in
twenty-four hours. So help me God, and
keep me stedfast in the due performance
of the same."

The second degree is the "Fellow


Craft Degree." Under this solemn
oath the candidate promises,
"Binding myself no less penalty than to
have my left breast torn open and my
heart and vitals taken from thence and
thrown over my left shoulder and
carried into the valley of Jehosaphat,
there to become prey to the wild beasts
of the field and the vultures of the air if
ever I should prove wilfully guilty ofvio

violent death are administered at the end

lating any part of this my solemn oath


or obligation of a Fellow Craft Mason,
so help me God and keep me stedfast in
due performance of the same."

of the initiation into all Masonic


degrees, binding the initiate to protect
the "secrets" of the degrees. These

Lodge is called the "Master Mason


Degree." Those progressing to this

"Blood oaths on penalty of mayhem and

The third degree of the Blue

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level take the oath of secrecy and state


the penalty:
"...binding myself under no less a
penalty them that of having my body
severed in twain, my bowels taken from
thence and burned to ashes, and the

ashes scattered to the four winds of


heaven, so that no more trace or

remembrance may be had of so vile and


perjured a wretch as I, should I ever
knowingly or willingly violate this my
solemn obligation as a Master Mason.
So help me God and keep me steadfast
in the due performance of the same."
Such statements constitue a

serious

matter of oath taking and it is no


wonder why it is so difficult to get
people to talk to you about it, much less
denounce it and turn against it! Such
oaths would cause anyone to "think
seriously" before divulging any informa
tion regarding this secret order. God's
word teaches a child of God is not to

become a part of such oath taking nor to


be involved with such secrecy (Matt.
5:33-37; James 5:12).

Oaths of loyalty and preferential


treatment to fellow brother masons is

likewise made in the order of Masonry.


The Bible commands to seek God and

his Kingdom first (Matt. 6:33). We are


to be "in honor preferring one another"
(brother in Christ is to be preferred)
(Rom. 12:10). A Christian's loyalty is
not to be to the Masonic Lodge or the
Masonic Brotherhood, but rather to the

body of Christ, the church, and fellow


members of the kingdom.
Anytime a thing is as "secretive" as
the Masonic order it is time to be

alarmed and suspicious. Christians are


to be like the Lord, to follow and imitate

Him.

Oct/Nov. 1990

Note what Jesus said is far

different from what Masons say, "I


spake openly to the world; and in
secret have I said nothing?' (John
18:20). I wonder, if something is so
good and without question, then why is
it kept so secretive? It seems to me
that the "golden rule" (Matt. 7:12)
would demand that it be both "told and

proclaimed openly." Albert Pike in


Morals & Dogma says (p.109), "Secrecy
is indispensable in a Mason of whatever
degree." Such is not the case with New
Testament Christianity and is in oppo
site spirit to what the Bible teaches
concerning our duties one to another.
MASONRY'S CLAIM TO BRING
MEN TO LIGHT

Jim Shaw wrote in his book, The

Deadly Deception (p.135),


"In Masonry, the darkness which
envelops the mind of the uninitiated
(non-Masons) is removed by the effulgency of Masonic light. Masons are
appropriately called the sons of light9."

Those being initiated into the Blue


Lodge (first three degrees) are asked,
"What are you looking for?", and the
candidate says, "Light" or "more light."
The Bible says that Jesus is "the light of
the world" (John 8:12). Christians are

people who have been called forth "out


of darkness into his marvelous light"
(I Peter 2:9). To the saints at Ephesus
Paul wrote, "For ye were sometimes
darkness, but now are ye light in the
Lord" (Eph. 5:8). Therefore, the claim
of Masonry to bring people to the light
is in opposition to what the Bible
teaches regarding men coming to the

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light of the world, Jesus Christ.


These tenets of Freemasonry may
be denied, disregarded and repudiated
by some whose loyalty and years of
active service are steeped in masonry.
Notwithstanding, these matters are
documented and are taught and sup
ported by pro-masonic literature. A
Christian should consider these things
in light of what the Bible says and with

the help of God and concerned people


make the wise choice regarding partici
pation in such an order as Freemasonry.
Someday we will give an account before
the judge of all the earth (Heb. 9:27;
II Cor. 5:10).

How will the verdict

read???

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7 Things Wrong With "MASONIC DOCTRINE


James Pilgrim
Masonry is a subject worthy of our
examination for it is a false religion.
A

RELIGION

Perhaps we should begin by show


ing that Masonry is a religion. To do so,
we quote from an authorized Masonic
publication, "All the ceremonies of our
order are prefaced and terminated with
prayer because Masonry is a religious
institution" (Mackey's Lexicon, Art,
Prayer, Standard Freemasonry
Illustrated, p.35). Again, "I contend,
without any sort of hesitation, that
Masonry is...an eminently religious
institution" (Encyclopedia of Free
masonry, p.727). "Masonry, then, is
indeed, a religious institution; and on
this ground mainly, if not alone, should
the religious Mason defend it" (Ibid.
p.729). "Every Masonic Lodge is a
Temple of religion and its teachings are

instruction in religion" (Morals and


Dogma, p.213). Succeeding thoughts
will show why Christians cannot be
connected with such religious bodies.
BIBLE FALSE

The Masonic work, Morals and

Dogma, declares, "The doctrines of the


Bible are often not clothed in the
language of strict truth" (p.224). How
could a Christian be connected with any
religion that thinks the word of God is
not strict truth?

Jesus claimed to be

the truth (John 14:6), and he said the


word of God is truth. "Thy word is
truth" (John 17:17). He further said we

are saved by the truth. "And ye shall


know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free" (John 8:32). If the word of
God is not truth, we cannot be saved by
the word, yet Romans 1:16 says, "Fori
am not ashamed ofthe gospel of Christ:

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for it is the power of God unto salvation


to every one that believeth; to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek." Beloved,
the Bible is truth. Masonry is false.
FELLOWSHIP WITH

EVIL

"Masonry, around whose altars the


Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the
Brahmin, the followers ofConfucius and
Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and
unite in prayer to the God who is above
all the Baalim, must needs leave it to
each of its Initiates to look for the foun
dation of his faith and hope to the
written scriptures of his own religion"
(Morals and Dogma, p.226). The reli
gions above named are false religions.
How can Christians unite with them in

prayer and/or allow each to follow his/


her own way, yet agree to walk together
(cf. n John 9-11; H Cor. 6:14-18)? Only
those who do Jesus' will are his disciples
(John 15:14). Non-believers in Jesus are
condemned (John 8:24). Such are all
groups above, except Christians.
HELL TO END

"It is the fine dream of the greatest


of the Poets, that Hell, become useless, is
to be closed at length, by the aggrandize
ment ofHeaven; that the problem ofEvil
is to receive its final solution, and Good
alone, necessary and triumphant, is to
reign in eternity" (Morals and Dogma,
p.847). This is a clear denial of Bible
teaching. For example, "everlasting fire
...punishment" (Matt. 25:41, 46); "eter
nal damnation" (Mark 3:29). How dare

anyone contradict these inspired state


ments? How could any God-fearing
person be joined to that which contra
dicts inspiration?

Oct/Nov. 1990

MANY REDEEMERS

The Kentucky Monitor thinks there


are many saviors or redeemers. For
example, they say Jesus is the Chris
tian's savior, Krishna the Hindu's,
Kioun-tse the mediator of the Chinese,
and

Hiram Abiff the

redeemer

of

Masons (pp.26,27). Yet, the Bible says


Jesus is the savior of all (Matt. 1:21;

Acts 4:10-12; John 14:6). Masons, there


fore, contradict the Lord's word.

Question: Can a Christian be joined to


that which makes a liar out of the Lord?

Indeed, will a Christian want to be a

part of such an organization, even


though it does much good (cf. Ezekiel
18:24)?
TITLES
Masons

call

fellow

Masons

'"Worshipful Master," "Most Worshipful


Master," and "Right Worshipful
Master." This is similar to the Catholics

calling their head the Pope, Holy


Pontiff. Beloved, read your Bible and
you will reject such folly. For example,
read Matt. 23:5-12. Let all titles belong
ing to deity (God) be reserved for deity
(God). Let not man desire to wear titles

belonging to deify. Let no person call


others by titles belonging to deity. The
choice is yours God or Satan, "for no
man can serve two masters" (Matt. 6:24).
PROMOTES SIN

Masonry sponsors dancing, promotes


oaths that are so ridiculous that they
are absurd (e.g. Swearing to perform
duties without any mental reservation
or have their throat cut, tongue torn out
by the roots, etc.), favor other Masons,

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shield other Masons in everything


except murder and treason, resist
immorality with other Mason's wives,
but not necessarily with other men's
wives, etc. Beloved, read Gal. 5:19-21;
6:10; Matt. 5:34; I Cor. 7:1-2.

do not, you need to get out of it. If you


do, you need to get out of it. Nothing
can be right that contradicts the Bible,
either in principle or practice. No one
can be right and be a part of that which
is wrong, that which violates the word of
God.

CONCLUSION

Some Masons may not believe and/


or go along with the foregoing. If you

(P.O. Box 3022, Hueytown, AL 35020)

from office or membership" (Webster's


Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary,
p.219).
"to put away, 1: to let go:
dismiss, 2: to give up (as an office):
resign ~ vi: to relinquish office or
membership usu. voluntarily: withdraw"

^ArnAwerA
Cjaruznd rff. Kobindon

(Webster's Third New International

Dictionary, p.599).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN
A MASON "DEMITS?"
I

do not know what individuals

mean within themselves when they


announce they have demitted from
Masonry. It does seem odd that they
would

use

the

word

"demit"

in

reference to Masonry and the word


"repent" in reference to other sins. Do
they see a difference between the two?
Are such persons willing to demit but
unwilling to repent? Is it a ploy to
"satisfy" brethren in making them
think the individual has repented?
The dictionary says demit means:
"1: dismiss, 2: resign ~ vi: to withdraw

The term demit is often used when


a mason announces to the church of

which he is a member that he no longer


is an active participant in Masonry. As
noted above, demit means to "give up,
resign, relinquish membership."
Though this term is good in so far as it
goes, it does not describe what a man
must do to be forgiven of sins. Jesus
said men must REPENT (Luke 13:3,5;
Acts 17:30). Repent means "to change
one's mind for the better, heartily to

amend with abhorrence of one's past


sins, i.e. to repent (to feel sorry that one
has done this or that). ... Used especially
of those who, conscious of their sins and
with manifest tokens of sorrow, are
intent on obtaining God's pardon"

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(Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon,


p.405).
Therefore, repentance is a
change of the mind which leads to a
change of conduct.
It is one thing to remove yourself
from and no longer practice a thing
(demit), but quite another to change
your mind about and no longer practice

a thing (repent). The two are not equal.


For example: a thief may stop his
practice of stealing. However, that does
not mean he has repented of what he
has already stolen. It does not mean he
has changed his mind regarding stealing
which led him to stop his practice. A
fornicator may stop committing fornica
tion without ever repenting of it. He
may have been forced to stop by others
or perhaps lost his opportunity, but
never changed his mind towards it
genuinely repented of it which led to
his change of conduct. So likewise, it is
possible that a man who demits from
something, such as Masonry, may not
have changed his mind regarding it at
all in complete repentance, rather, he
has simply changed his practice.
It is not only the "safe course," but
the "right course," when one repents of
all sins in his life, including being a
member of Masonry. To demit is not
sufficient, the Lord said repent! "Except
ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
If you are in Masonry, repent before it's
too late. "Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith
the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you, And will be
a Father unto you, and ye shall be my
sons and daughters, saith the Lord
Almighty" (II Cor. 6:17-18). *

Oct/Nov. 1990

(Continued from page 1, IF...)

IF, along with the church of Christ,


God will accept Masonry as a divine
institution. "That the institution is of

Divine origin, leaves not a shadow of


doubt on my humble mind." (The Free
mason's Monitor, Z. A. Davis, Late

Past Master of Lafayette Lodge, No. 71,


p.4 of the preface.)
IF God will accept the following
statement about the deceased Mason
made at Masonic funerals.
"As a

reminder to the living ofthat rectitude of


conduct which should characterize man

in this life, we deposit this apron with


the body ofour deceased brother with the
hope that the virtues symbolized by it
will gain ready passage for him from our
imperfect lodge here to that all-perfect,
celestial lodge above where there is a
higher, a wider and a brighter realm of
life and labor." (Masonic Manual,
p.84)

IF God will accept the doctrine that


whatever a man believes to be the truth
is the truth to him. (Morals and

Dogma, Albert Pike, p.160.)


IF God accepts people into heaven
contrary to his will (Matt. 7:21; H John
6-11).
David Brown

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(ORDER, Continued from back page)

the Lodge:
"Supreme Ruler of the Universe, we
would reverently invoke thy blessings at
this time. Wilt Thou bepleased to grant
that this meeting, thus begun in order,
may be conducted in peace, and closed in
harmony. Amen" (p. 15).

Without going further, we have estab


lished the Lodge as a religious body in
which prayers are offered! The religious
connotation is shown in this directive:

"The Senior Deacon proceeds to the


altar, situated in the center of the room,
opposite the Junior Warden*s station, as
already explained, opens the Bible,
usually at Psalms 133, and places upon
it the Square and Compass (the latter
open), with both points of the Compass
below the Square" (p.26)..

The secret meanings are explained in


the following pages. The secret, furtive,
mystical actions are shown:
"The Senior and Junior Deacons both

step to the altar, and from there


approach the Supreme Warden's station,
to whom they communicate in a whisper
the pass of a Fellow Craft-which is
SHIBBOLETH).99
Just where did

this

"Shibboleth"

originate? Why hearken back to the


Bible to a mystery in Ephraim if this is
not a rehgion? And remember, that is
under the CWorshipful Master!" But it
is not under Christ! You will notice that
the name of Christ is never mentioned

of the "black ball" method (pp.51-54)!


"One black ball is enough to cause the
rejection of a candidate."
To further establish the religious
nature of this secret order, we cite the
following:
"Freemasons, we are informed in the
text books of the Lodge, are moral
builders. It is said ofthem that, a 'more
noble and glorious purpose than
squaring stone and hewing timbers is
theirs, -fitting immortal nature for that
spiritual templethat house not made
with hands eternal in the heavens999

(p.55).
Herein is a claim of salvation in the

Lodge, thus by-passing Jesus Christ as


Saviour, and the church which he saves!

Not only do their prayers identify them


as a false rehgion which spurns the
Saviour, their songs mark them as a
religious order! Their graveside hymn
closes with the words: "Lord of all!
below, above, Fill our hearts with truth
and love; When dissolves our earthly tie,
Take us to Thy Lodge on high" (p.219).
The religious nature of this Lodge is
seen in prayer:
'Yet, O God, have compassion upon the
children ofthy creation, administer them
comfort in time oftrouble and save them
with an everlasting salvation. Amen.99

All members respond saying, "So mote it


be" (p.222). Anyone who can accept
such rituaUstic ceremonies surely hasn't
much respect for the "fervent prayer of
a righteous man" that "availeth much."

in any prayer in the book! The Lord


adds to his church (Acts 2:47). But in

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this mysterious order, frail human


beings decide membership in the Lodge,
by the mystical, hidden, secretive means

Gospel Minutes, Oct. 16, 1981

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Christians
and the
Masonic Order

Oct/Nov. 1990

Eph. 5:11 demands that we "have no fellow


ship with the unfmitfid works of darkness,
but rather reprove them." Masonry, with its
contrary teaching to the law of Christ as is
shown in this issue of Seek The Old Paths,
fits well the admonition of this verse. There

is certainly no objection to their benevolent


works. It is masonic doctrine that the Bible

I have never known a good member


of the church that was a good Mason, or
a good Mason that was a good member
of the church. The two are incompat
ible since they are two different
religions! Jesus Christ built the church;
the Masonic Lodge was built by man.

SMk The Old Paths is a publication of the East

Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the

Corinth church of Christ and is under the over

church (Eph. 5:23); and I find no


promise of salvation in the Masonic
Lodge. This secret order has no affinity
with Christ: "Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith
the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing, and I will receive you, and will be
a Father unto you, and ye shall be my
sons and daughters, saith the Lord
Almighty" (H Cor. 6:17-18). God does
not want his children fraternizing with
secret, religious orders; nor be unequally
yoked together with unbelievers (v.14).

condemns. Sadly, there are members of the


Lord's body that also hold membership with
the masons. We plead with these to repent
and get out of it (Luke 13:3; II Cor. 6:17-18).

sight of its elders. Its primary purpose and goal in


publication can be found in Jude 3; II Tim. 4:2;
Titus 1:13; 2:1; H Peter 1:12.

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